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Honesty With Me and FiFi Bofinkles
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Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce
3
Grazing for Snacks
4
Delicious Buttermilk Jalapeno Biscuits
5
How to Dry Oregano in 1 Hour
6
Aloe Vera Mint and Lime Juice + Juice Giveaway!
7
Summer Fresh Pasta Salad
8
Help Me, My Cats Want Food
9
A Look Into My Office, Trying to Work at Home With Cats
10
How to Make Diced Tomatoes Recipe
11
Berry Jam Canning Recipes
12
Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies
13
Easy Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe
14
Hello Cereal Addicts. Have you tried Great Grains?
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Easy and Quick Food to Serve at a Party
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Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream (No Machine Needed!)
17
Dinner In Italy With Michael Voltaggio and S.Pellegrino
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Carrot Souffle for Dessert
19
Mexican Taco Black Bean Burger
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How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose

Honesty With Me and FiFi Bofinkles

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Triad Retail Media. All opinions are 100% mine.

My FiFi Bofinkles trusts me.  And only me.

Try to touch her belly and you’ll get snapped at.

Try to rub her head and you’ll get snapped at.

Try to rub her toes.. oh goodness, don’t you dare.

But me? I get full access to my FiFi Bofinkles 24/7.  Sometimes she literally serves her belly on a platter for me (ok maybe not literally). But she gives me it.  

My Bofinkles Baby and I trust each other.

The story of FiFi Bofinkles is a funny one.  Got a minute to listen?

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Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It’s great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

Have you guys tried my Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce (or with a kick)? It’s delicious. I promise you.  

But sometimes you might not have a over abundance of cherry tomatoes.  Sometimes your garden might be full of beef tomatoes. Can you make a simple and quick oven roasted tomato sauce with them? You bet your tomatoes you can!  

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

 

The beef tomatoes are cut up into bite size pieces, a little olive oil is poured on then a little onion powder is sprinkled on top.  At this time the good smells are about to start.  Then they go into the oven for 35 minutes.  Now the good smells are really starting to happen.  I dare you not to get hungry after smelling this Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce in the oven.  It won’t happen, you’ll immediately want to eat it, trust me.

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

What can you do with this sauce? Anything! Pour it on some pasta.  Bake some lasagna.  Use it in a stew. Eat it by the spoonful (hey, it happens, and it should!).

Enjoy this Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce!  It’s a garden favorite!

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.   

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes. 

 Enjoy!

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups of beef tomatoes - cut into 1 inch chunks
  2. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon dried basil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. salt + pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spread tomatoes single layer in a pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with your onion powder.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes, your tomatoes should be wrinkly.
  4. Let cool for a few minutes, then put tomatoes in food processor.
  5. Add dried basil, garlic powder and salt + pepper to taste in food processor.
  6. Blend to smooth and creamy.
  7. Use it right away, or throw it in the fridge to use tomorrow, or freeze it for next month.
  8. Enjoy!
Brooklyn Farm Girl http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/
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Grazing for Snacks

This post brought to you by Graze.com. All opinions are 100% mine.

When do you snack the worst?

For me it’s late afternoon or right before bed.  I’ve been known to bring a (big) handful of sour worms to bed with me.  But surprisingly, a handful of neon sour worms coated in sugar isn’t always the best choice (shocking, I know!).

I’ve been introduced to Graze and I’m hooked so I had to share them with you! Graze.com is a subscription snack box service founded 5 years ago by 7 friends in the UK who got sick of the same old snacks and wanted a better way to snack. Launched in the USA in January and already has over 200K American subscribers, called “grazers.”  I’ m a grazer!

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Delicious Buttermilk Jalapeno Biscuits

Delicious Buttermilk Jalapeno Biscuits are easy to make with this recipe that includes step by step pictures.  These Southern style homemade biscuits are made from scratch with diced up jalapeno peppers.  They are best served with a warm comfort food casserole!

Want to know a true story?  I made these biscuits twice.  In one week.  I nearly ate them all.  I’m thinking about making them again.   Right now.

These biscuits are what magical bread dreams (we all have them, right?) are about.  They’re flaky, they’re moist, they’re full of flavor and you just can’t get enough of them.   More specifically these are buttermilk biscuits which makes them ultra deluxe and ultra moist.   Like my gif shows, buttermilk makes everything better, don’t you agree?

Delicious Buttermilk Jalapeno Biscuits are easy to make with this recipe that includes step by step pictures.  These Southern style homemade biscuits are made from scratch with diced up jalapeno peppers.  They are best served with a warm comfort food casserole!

These biscuits also have jalapeno peppers in it for a slight bite of heat.  The jalapenos are a great balance for that buttermilk giving it a little something special.  I chop the jalapenos up pretty fine so they’re evenly distributed and not overwhelming.   Between these biscuits and candied jalapenos I’m eating quite a bunch of jalapenos this Summer!

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How to Dry Oregano in 1 Hour

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It’s the last full week of August.  It doesn’t mean that Summer is over yet, or the gardening season is close to being over (does it really ever end?) but with a few months of growth your herb container might be getting out of hand.  Your basil is green and lush, your mint spreads the best smells around the garden and your oregano has a mind of it’s own.  Oregano grows.. and grows.. and grows.. and takes over.  Nothing can stop our oregano, including a harsh Winter.  Somehow it didn’t care about the amount of snow or freezing temperatures we had because once Spring hit it started growing again.  

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Aloe Vera Mint and Lime Juice + Juice Giveaway!

This post brought to you by ALO Drink. All opinions are 100% mine.

When you think Aloe Vera what do you think of?  Probably sunburn.   As a kid my parents would slather Aloe Vera on me after every day at the beach on family vacation.  As a adult Matthew slathers Aloe Vera on me after every long garden day.  What can I say? I’m pale and burn.

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(This is aloe vera!)

I’m here to change your ideas of Aloe Vera though (but I’m not here to change your ideas of always covering up in the Sun!).  Do you know you can drink Aloe Vera? Oh you bet you can and it’s totally delicious.   I’ve recently come to love ALO drink juice that has the natural benefits of real aloe vera and is handpicked from their organic aloe vera farm.   All of this goodness comes straight from the leaf leaving it very natural.  Aloe Vera is crisp and refreshing in flavor, perfect for a Summer afternoon.   Using the ALO Comfort variety which combines Aloe Vera with Watermelon and Peaches, I wanted to keep it simple by making it my own. I love the taste of lime and mint is a crazy producing plant right now so I knew they’d be be the perfect addition in the blender.  With a handful of ice I had a cold and healthy drink to enjoy!   

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Summer Fresh Pasta Salad

Fresh Pasta Salad recipe that tastes just like Summer!  Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms!  This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch. 

Guys, it’s August 21st.  We’re in the 20’s already! Soon it will be September! September…already? Don’t get me wrong you know I love Fall, Halloween and everything that comes along with it but there will be a few memories I miss from Summer.   It’s not over yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be dramatic and romantic about the sweltering garden days of picking tomatoes, weeding out the boxes and nurturing seedlings to grow big and strong.

Fresh Pasta Salad recipe that tastes just like Summer!  Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms!  This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch.

 

A basket full of harvest is one of the proudest things I could carry.   Seeing the fresh colors of red, green, yellow and more topple over the basket makes me a happy girl.  Although we’re picking tomatoes, lettuce, radishes and melons as the Summer continues, we’re also getting ready for the Fall garden.  Some plants have already been transplanted while others wait their turn downstairs for containers to be cleared away on the roof.   There seems to never be a empty day in the garden, there’s always something that needs to be transitioned and moved in or out.

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Help Me, My Cats Want Food

I heart my cats, they are a wild bunch that love me too, especially when I feed them. That’s why I was thrilled at the opportunity to try out Fancy Feast® Broths as a part of this sponsored post program.  Now they love me even more!

Hey Mom.  
Do you see us?
What is your in hand?
We know it’s food.  
We saw you go in the food cabinet.
Mom, we know you see us.
Mom, we’re meowing.  So now you can see us and hear us.
Can you put the food down already?
Come on Mom, stop tormenting us.
Give us the food already.
Come on.
Feed us.
Ok, let us rub your ankles and purr.
See, we love you?
We also love soft food.
Feed us.

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A Look Into My Office, Trying to Work at Home With Cats

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Hi everyone, I thought I’d take today to do a little post to show you where the blog takes place.  You know, not in cyber space, but in reality.  The place where I write the blog posts, take photos of recipes and pin brownies in my pajamas at 2AM because I can’t sleep.  The last one is never a good idea, trust me.

I’m always interested in where other bloggers are inspired by.  Are you writing your recipes as you cook on  your laptop in the kitchen?  Are you doing posts in bed late at night because there’s not enough hours in day?  Or do you have a dedicated work area in your home?

We’ve had a separate studio space for our  R+R work for over a year now and it was a great choice.  We decided to get this space to try to separate work from life.  I’m going to be honest and say it’s hard to separate life, love and work when  your creative partner is also your husband.   Lately I’ve been trying to set up a strong rule that we aren’t allowed to discuss work at home, we can’t work that late and we have to take off 1 day a week.    I break all these rules as does Matthew (he’s worse I promise you).    None of these rules really come into effect with Brooklyn Farm Girl.  As the blog continues to grow, I sometimes find myself overloaded with new posts, sponsored posts and reviews.  Suddenly on top of my day job of being an artist, there’s blog deadlines and blog advertisers to please.   It’s complicated and it’s long hours, but it’s also exciting and I’m a proud mama bear of BFG.    Lately I’ve been trying to split my time in half – half at the studio, half at home with the blog.   The problem here is that the blog is at home which means it’s always on.   I really wish I could have a strict schedule and kick myself off the computer during the evening but I have no self will.   Is anyone else work obsessed?

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How to Make Diced Tomatoes Recipe

Easy step by step instructions with pictures on how to make diced tomatoes from fresh tomatoes.  Steps walk you through the beginning all the way up to freezing them. This is a great way to preserve garden tomatoes if you’re picking a lot of them!

It’s raining tomatoes still.  A ton of them!

Right now we have a explosion of cherry, roma and beef tomatoes of all sizes currently occupying our counter.    I love seeing a kitchen full of fresh vegetables but it also gives me a slight overwhelming fear of anxiety because I know I have to go to work on them and start preparing our tomatoes to last the next few months.

We pretty much only buy tomato sauce or tomato products during the months of May and June.   July, August and September gives us fresh tomatoes by the basket full while October-April supplies us tomatoes that were canned or frozen months prior.   It’s always a special feeling when its a cold Wintry day and you can still enjoy some fresh tomatoes you grew months prior when the garden wasn’t covered in snow.

Easy step by step instructions with pictures on how to make diced tomatoes from fresh tomatoes. Steps walk you through the beginning all the way up to freezing them.

 

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Berry Jam Canning Recipes

Summertime Canning recipes for Raspberry and Plum Jam, Sour Cherry Jam, Bumbleberry Jam!

It’s that time of the year again, canning season is here.  It’s time to can vegetables and fruits to last us all year!  

Do you have a overabundance of tomatoes, cucumbers or strawberries in the garden right now?  Are you picking them by the pound and then nervously staring at them in the kitchen?  We’ve all been there.    During the Summer my once empty countertops become home to bowls of tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers and watermelon.  If you want to cook or use a appliance then you’ll have to rearrange the vegetables for at least a minute to get some clear space to work with.   With fresh harvest comes the idea of “What the heck am I going to make?”.  We’ve all been there too.  

Canning recipes for Sour Cherry Jam, Bumbleberry Jam and Raspberry and Plum Jams.
(Our strawberries have a pretty nice view on the roof!)

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Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make!  Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches. 

Oreos.  What can I say about them?  You either love them or you really love them.  There’s no hating Oreos.

What I find shocking about Oreos is that a serving is 2 cookies.  Have you ever only ate 2 Oreos?  Honestly?  Don’t lie to me.  I don’t think it’s possible to only eat 2 Oreos.  I think they have addicting like ingredients that make you eat at least 6. And that’s on a good day.  

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.        

And then there’s the flavors of Oreos.  Remember when it used to be just the chocolate with vanilla cream?  Those were the days.  Now you have Golden Oreos, Birthday Cake Oreos (yes!), Gingerbread Oreos (YES!), Candy Corn Oreos (YES YES!) and more.    I would like to say that I have tried all the Oreos listed and think they are all delicious and that I did not only eat 2 of them.  Seriously, 2 of them?  I’ll never get over it.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

So a few days ago I was craving Oreos but having a bag of Oreos is a dangerous thing, especially when you ignore the serving size instructions.  So I decided to make my own Homemade Oreo Cookie sandwiches but with a peanut butter inside.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

The peanut butter inside happened accidentally.  I’ll be honest.  I was gong to make these as regular Oreos with white vanilla cream in the middle but let’s just say there is a expiration date on shortening that should be followed.   I made a creamy vanilla mixture with powdered sugar and shortening but it was a failure.  I don’t use shortening much so it basically sits in my cabinet to be used a few times a year.  Well after I tasted the vanilla cream I knew something was off.  My gut instinct told me right away it was the shortening.  So I turned the cannister upside down and looked at the expiration date.  I’m so embarrassed I’m not going to tell you what year it said.

So what does one do when they ruin a vanilla cream?  They turn to peanut butter.   I’m happy that the vanilla cream disaster happened because I can’t imagine these Oreo sandwiches without the peanut butter filling.    The sandwich itself is moist and soft to the touch.  The peanut butter stacked between the cookies is creamy and full of sweet flavor.   They are a real treat.  

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

This is a smaller size recipe treat.  I get intimidated seeing 30 Oreo cookies sitting in my kitchen so this batch makes 8 of them. I think 8 is a fair amount as it will only last a few days and you can share with the people you love the most.   You could also eat all 8 yourself and I totally won’t judge you for that.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

 Enjoy!

Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies
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For cookies
  1. 1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  2. 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 cup butter
  7. 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons sugar
  8. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For filling
  1. 2 tablespoons butter, room tempearture
  2. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Peanut Butter & Co Smooth Operator)
  3. 1 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix together cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl using a hand mixer cream together butter, sugars, egg and vanilla.
  2. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and continue to mix until combined.
  3. Cover cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough into large teaspoon size balls.
  5. Place balls on parchment lined cookie sheets. Once balls are down use a fork or spatula to flatten them down.
  6. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes.
Cream Filling
  1. Using a hand mixer combine the butter and peanut butter until creamy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and milk and continue to mix until combined.
To Make Cookies
  1. Take one cookie and put filling on it. Then take another cookie and put it on top. Flatten down with your hand slightly to make the cookie sandwich.
Notes
  1. Makes 8 Cookie Sandwiches
Brooklyn Farm Girl http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/
 Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

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Easy Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

This was the first year trying to grow tomatillos and it was a great big experiment.     I was buying a bottle of Salsa Verde almost once a month and then I got Matthew hooked on it too.  Then I decided we must grow our own.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

So let’s grow some tomatillos.

Tomatillos are a plant of the nightshade family and are related to the gooseberry.  They are small, green and grown with a paper like husk around each of them.   When growing them first the husk will grow to it’s full size, and then the tomatillo itself will grow next filling the husk.   When the tomatillo fills the husk completely then you know they are ready to be picked.   Once you bring them into your kitchen, then you peel off the husks and give them a good warm wash as tomatillos are naturally very(!) sticky.  From there you can use them in various recipes, freeze or can for later usage.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

This year we got some tomatillo seeds and decided to give it a shot.  We were pretty unfamiliar with how they would grow, or even what they would look.   The season started out a bit rough.  Hardly any of our seeds came up when planted inside and we thought it was going to be a bust or only have 1 plant.  Having a single plant isn’t the best as most tomatillos need 2 plants to grow successfully for pollination.   After hardly any seeds came up, then we planted a few more (also a bust) then a few more.  I’m not one to easily give up when it comes to vegetables!  We transplanted our single seedling outside in the container and then a few weeks later transplanted a few more once we finally got some actions from the seeds.  The tomatillos grew in large size containers and 5 gallon buckets.  Right away we realized we underestimated the size and power of tomatillo plants.   Here we were double caging the tomatoes to prepare for their height when we should have been getting ready for the incredible growth of the tomatillos instead!  These plants grow tall and bushy.  They are also extremely hearty and have very strong stems.  

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!
You can see the tomatillo plants to the left and in the back.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!
When the plant started growing we were both surprised (and quite happily startled) by the amount of flowers on a tomatillo plant.  Almost every single one of these flowers would turn into a tomatillo!  Bees were buzzing happily around these plants pollinating.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!
Here, the first tomatillo is spotted.


The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!Which then turns into a full size husk.  Eventually this will fill up with the tomatillo inside of it.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!
And then your plants will become taking off and you’ll have tomatillos all over!

 
The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!This was the first harvest of the tomatillos.  I’m pretty happy here! Tomatillos tend to blend in with the plant itself, so finding them basically consists of rooting around in the plant and gently squeezing each husk to see if the tomatillo is full inside.  If it is, then pinch it off and throw it in your basket. This here is a few pounds of tomatillos with many many more pounds to pick!  From seeds that didn’t come up originally to plants that are now battling for the largest yield of the season these tomatillos have come a long way!  They’ll be a permanent fixture in the garden now!

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

So with all these tomatillos what’s a girl to do besides make Salsa Verde right away?  I created this recipe based off many of the backs of bottles ingredient lists that I read over the years of my favorite sauces I buy in store, but keeping it all natural.  This salsa is incredibly easy to make and you won’t believe how much it tastes like your favorite brand.     It’s really amazing to learn how much flavor a tomatillo has in it’s tiny size! 

Your 2 main ingredients in this recipe are tomatillos and a onion.  The rest of the ingredients are spices.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

We’re going to blend them first instead of blending them later.  Why?   Tomatillos are juicy inside which means you don’t need to add much water to the recipe itself.  If you blend them after the fact, then you need to add water to simmer on the stove which means you’re watering down the recipe.  By blending them first we are providing them their natural juices to make it much more full of flavor instead of added water that isn’t needed. 

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

Then after a few seconds in the blender and 15 minutes on the stove, you’ll have some delicious (and amazing smelling!) Salsa Verde!

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

 The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

Did I take a spoonful of this and eat it right away? Yes, I did!
What can you do with this recipe?  Well first you can use it as a salsa for chips, it’s incredibly delicious that way.    
I love to cook with it though and it’s the perfect sauce to pour over cheesy enchiladas and tacos.  It also makes a great companion to creating a Mexican tasting broth for soup.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!

Only a pound of these tomatillos are going to make 4 cups of sauce.    I often make a few batches of this Salsa to both eat fresh, store in the refrigerator for a few days or to freeze.   To freeze just pour into a freezer bag and put in freezer.  I like to store 1 cup servings in freezer bags as it makes it easier to grab a cup and use in a recipe.

The best Salsa Verde recipe using fresh tomatillos and onions.  This recipe is easy to make and freezes great too!       

Enjoy!

Easy Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound tomatillos, husked
  2. 1/2 cup chopped onion
  3. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  4. 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  5. 2 tablespoons cilantro
  6. 2 tablespoons lime
  7. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. pinch of pepper
  11. 1/2 cup water
  12. 1 chicken bouillon cube
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except bouillon cube in a blender. Blend until everything is combined and is salsa consistency.
  2. Pour salsa verde into saucepan and heat on medium high heat. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add bouillon cube and stir into salsa verde.
  4. Once boiling simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, refrigerate or freeze.
Notes
  1. Makes 4 cups.
Brooklyn Farm Girl http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/
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Hello Cereal Addicts. Have you tried Great Grains?

This post brought to you by Post Great Grains Cereal. All opinions are 100% mine.

The title says it all.  Are you a cereal addict? Please don’t be afraid to raise your hand.

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I was out today and it sure was hot.  By the time I got home I was sweaty, grumpy and muttering crazy things about Fall, pumpkins and apples.   Then I had one thing on my mind, something guaranteed to change my mood immediately.  Cereal.  I dropped my bags at the front door, slid my shoes off, pet all the cats (cause I had to) and then grabbed a bowl out of the shelf.  Then I opened another shelf, grabbed my favorite cereal of the moment and poured.  Then I added some almond vanilla milk on top and sat on the floor, surrounded by cats, eating a bowl of cereal. I was cheered up within minutes.   Cereal makes me feel awesome, like a super hero, like I can save the world with a bowl and spoon.

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Easy and Quick Food to Serve at a Party

This post brought to you by American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s the start to the end of Summer.

Lazy days will be gone soon replaced by Autumn days full of school events, sporting games and pumpkin baking.  With the upcoming busy months I wanted to share some easy and quick food ideas to serve at parties.

Maybe you’re preparing for a end of Summer BBQ, or maybe you gearing up for NFL games, or maybe you’re like me and just need a good ol fashioned pizza night once a week to survive.

Here are some ideas that hopefully help you make most of your time through these busy days and nights.

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Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream (No Machine Needed!)

Easy Soft Serve Ice Cream, No Machine Needed! All you need is 3 ingredients: 2 frozen bananas, 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder.

 

This Summer I am ice cream crazy.  As you heard in another post we got a ice cream maker this Summer.  It’s been a beautiful experience and by beautiful experience I mean one full of danger and calories.   I’ve bought so many bags of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to make ice cream I believe I deserve stock in Hershey’s.    But with the ice cream comes calories.  And with the calories come a little jiggle.   I know some people usually gain a few pounds in the Winter during hibernation and lose it during Summer while they’re being active but I am usually always the opposite.  In Summer when I need to suck myself into my shorts I gain a few pounds, then in Winter when I can hide in 6 layers I lose a few pounds.  It’s really unfair.

Now this Soft Serve Ice Cream is a game changer!  You can have delicious ice cream without all the calories!  You don’t even need a ice cream maker!

What you need is 2 frozen bananas, 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder.  Then you throw it all in the food processor, give it a few pulses and you have soft serve.  I was shocked the first time I made it.  I’m talking real soft serve consistency here. I’m talking Ice Cream Truck texture. But without the cream and milk and sugar.  Even though it is banana flavored I want to stress it’s not overpowering in banana flavor.  I love bananas but I am usually not a fan of anything banana flavored as I always think it tastes overly processed.  Not this though.  This is just smooth, sweet and perfect. 

Easy Soft Serve Ice Cream, No Machine Needed! All you need is 3 ingredients: 2 frozen bananas, 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder.

Easy Soft Serve Ice Cream, No Machine Needed! All you need is 3 ingredients: 2 frozen bananas, 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder.

Life changing guys.  Life changing.

Make some Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream and enjoy your weekend! 

Easy Soft Serve Ice Cream, No Machine Needed! All you need is 3 ingredients: 2 frozen bananas, 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder.

Easy Soft Serve Ice Cream, No Machine Needed! All you need is 3 ingredients: 2 frozen bananas, 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder.

Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Frozen Bananas
  2. 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  3. 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Peel bananas and cut them into pieces. I cut each banana in 4 pieces.
  2. Add bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder to food processor.
  3. Pulse for about 15-20 seconds or until frozen soft serve consistency.
  4. Serve right away or put in container to store in freezer.
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Easy Soft Serve Ice Cream, No Machine Needed! All you need is 3 ingredients: 2 frozen bananas, 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder.

 

Dinner In Italy With Michael Voltaggio and S.Pellegrino


Last week I spent a night in Italy surrounded by fresh flowers, produce stands with the most juicy fruits,  plates full of delicious food for dinner and a jazz band playing softly in the background.     I got to Italy by taking the L train a few stops.   

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Ok, so maybe it wasn’t the real Italy (one day!) but this was such a beautiful event that really made you feel like you were really there!

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Carrot Souffle for Dessert

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It’s made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more. 

This Carrot Souffle you guys! 

I invite every single one of you over my house to try a piece of this Carrot Souffle.  I want you all to be believers that boiled and mashed carrots can make one heck of a great tasting dessert.   This Souffle is made out of magic… and a ton of carrots!

Last week we picked pounds and pounds of carrots in the garden.  We usually use them in pasta dishes or some breakfast bread, but I really wanted to use them for dessert.  There’s the go to carrot cake but I really wanted a dish that would let the carrots shine.  This Carrot Souffle totally does that.

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

This recipe uses 2 pounds of carrots! 2 pounds!  So if you’re swimming in garden carrots this is a great and tasty way to use them up!  Even though there is a ton of carrots in here, it’s still a very sweet and decadent dessert.  The texture is of a lightly baked cake.  You can serve it with a dusting of powdered sugar or throw some frosting on top.  Either way, this Carrot Souffle  is going to be a winner at the dessert table!

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.    

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

Carrot Souffle for Dessert
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds of carrots - peeled and sliced thin
  2. 1/2 cup butter - melted
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  5. 3 tablespoons flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 2 eggs
  9. pinch of cinnamon
  10. pinch of salt
  11. powdered sugar or frosting to put on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place sliced carrots into pot. Cook carrots until tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Put carrots, butter, sugars, flour, baking powder, vanilla, eggs, cinnamon and salt into food processor. Pulse a few times until smooth.
  4. Transfer to circular baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar or put a dot of frosting on top of each slice.
Notes
  1. If there's any leftovers, store in refrigerator. When ready for a piece, throw in microwave for 30 seconds to heat up.
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Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

Mexican Taco Black Bean Burger

Can you guys believe it’s August already?  Even though Fall is my favorite Season and I’m ready for the months to leap ahead and the leaves to change, there is still something romantic about the Summertime.  There’s the gathering of friends in a park for a picnic, there’s barbecues on a rooftop, there’s farmers market stands bursting with the most tasty plums and peaches and there’s full force ahead garden season happening on the roof.   

How can’t I love and respect Summer when I can run up to the roof and grab all these beauties from their container?  Hello beautiful tomato!

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How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose

How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose.  This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months.

Pantyhose is a funny word.  Does anyone still use the word?  I usually call them tights or stockings.   But I decided to go brave and use the word pantyhose in the title.  

Pantyhose is great for making your legs look good.   They’re also great for storing onions.  Who knew, right?  In my search for the perfect way to store onions many recommendations are often given for mesh bags.  I never have mesh bags though and I don’t want to buy any, so I got to thinking…. mesh makes things breathe easier, but what else does? Pantyhose!  Pantyhose is usually made of nylon making your legs able to breathe through them.  Substitute your legs with onions and now you got some onions that can breathe too!

How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose. This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months.

So let’s get to how to store your onions, alright?

We grow a bunch of onions with 2 harvesting dates through the year, once in the Summer and once in the late Fall.    Recently we picked our onions for the Season and wanted to store them to last as long they can possibly can.

How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose. This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months.

How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose.
First, pick your onions and let them dry.  We separate them so they aren’t touching and let them dry on the roof for a few days.  If you let them dry outside, make sure you check the weather so that it will not rain.  Moisture is your worst enemy when drying and storing onions so the point is to dry them.

How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose. This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months.

After they have dried in the sun for a few days, use your hand to gently brush off any dirt on them.  This will help make sure nothing is left on them that will make them spoil.  Now, bring them indoors.  
How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose. This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months.

Next you want to cut the stem to about 1 inch for each onion.
How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose. This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months.

Now grab your pair of pantyhose and cut them apart so you have both legs separately.   Now you want to store dropping the onions into them.  
How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose. This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months.

It’s best if you tie each large onion apart so no onions are touching each other. This will prevent them from spoiling one another if one goes bad.  It also will allow you to take one onion out a time, as you will cut one out.   You can see in this picture how we tied them to separate them.
How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose. This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months.

For smaller onions, we put them together as we know we’ll be using a bunch at once.
How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose. This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months.

You can cut your pantyhose as much as you want to give you as much onion storage as possible.  This is only using one pair of pantyhose but we cut them up into 3 pieces.
How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose. This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months.

And there you have it, a easy and great way to store your onions to last you for months!
How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose. This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months.

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